TWIN pensioners from Bacup who ‘snatched’ a £100,000 painting from a renowned art collector as part of a televised Derren Brown heist are part of the team nominated for a Bafta.
Joe and Tom Healey, 65, worked with the famous illusionist to grab the artwork from a London gallery in full view of a security guard and collector Ivan Massow.
The trick for Channel 4 show The Great Art Robbery, aimed at challenging stereotypes of older people by helping them to commit the perfect ‘crime’.
The one-off programme, broadcast in December last year, has now been shortlisted for a Bafta in the Entertainment Programme category.
The production team behind the show will go head-to-head with primetime favourites Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway, Strictly Come Dancing and Dynamo: Magician Impossible.
Joe Healey said: “We’re all on edge thinking about the possibility that it could win. It’s fantastic. I got a call from the producer who told me it had been nominated.
“The production team also made the Dynamo programme, but the producer told me that they would prefer the one we worked on to win it really.
“All the pensioners have stayed in touch since the filming.
“Tony Taylor has come up to Bacup to see us and meet our friends.”
For the programme Joe, Tom and their fellow pensioners were taught a series of confidence tricks.
They included taking chips from dinner plates and watches from a pedestrian’s wrist.
Joe admitted he was worried when the pensioners were tricked into thinking they were being arrested for criminal damage after Brown asked them to scrawl graffiti on a public wall.
He said: “The filming was a helter skelter experience. We’re very excited about it.”
The Baftas will be held on Sunday, May 18, and will be broadcast on BBC One the same day.